Center for Spiritual Living
The Center for Spiritual Living is holding its Sunday Celebration Services during the month of September at the Hamilton Senior Center, 820 N. 4th St. This is a non-religious service inspiring love and honoring spiritual growth in a welcoming and inclusive community dedicated to living the Way of Love, the Truth of Oneness and a Life of Joy. Coffee and fellowship after the service. For more info, contact Dave at 381-2355 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Valley Sellerama
The South Valley Civic Group is sponsoring a Sellerama the second Saturday in September. Vendors or garages sales are welcome to set up in Darby. Spots are available at Canyon Springs Log Homes, downtown Darby and at the city park. Each event will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last year there were more than 20 sales all within a few miles. Call Anni at 821-3131 or Al at 381-3600 for more info.
Join Bittersweet, the Bitterroot Community Band, and the Five Valley Accordion Association for relaxing music Thursday nights in August at 8 p.m. at the bandshell in Claudia Driscoll Park in Hamilton. All performances are free.
Darby Bread Box collections
The Darby Bread Box is collecting canned corn, canned fruit cocktail and crackers during the months of August and September. You can drop off the donated items at Peoples Market and the Bitterroot Credit Union in Darby. Any donation would be appreciated.
Scarecrow Festival ‘Caw for Entries’
The Stevensville Art & Sculpture Society (SASS) is seeking individuals, groups, organizations, and/or businesses to create sculptures in the theme of scarecrows, crows, fall, etc. for the 7th Annual Stevensville Scarecrow Festival to be held in Stevensville on Friday, October 5. The Stevensville Scarecrow is “Western Montana’s Premier Public Art Project.” Cash prizes totaling $650 are provided for Peoples’ Choice, Artistic Merit, and Living Statue awards. The Stevensville Scarecrow Festival is a major public art event produced by the Stevensville Art and Sculpture Society (SASS) in association with the Stevensville Main Street Association. Information, videos, photos, and entry forms can be found at www.sassart.org and Facebook – Stevensville Scarecrow Festival.
Info and entry forms can also be found at the Paper Clip in Hamilton, the Bitterroot Star in Stevensville, and the Stevensville Main Street Association office in Stevensville. For more information contact Gary Knapp at 777-3797.
Mansion craft show call for crafters
The Daly Mansion Preservation Trust invites crafters and artisans to apply for jury consideration for the Mansion’s annual Holly Jolly Craft Show. This year’s show takes place November 2-4. A wide variety of vendors who produce and sell hand crafted and homemade goods are encouraged to apply. The Daly Mansion, located at 251 Eastside Highway between Hamilton and Corvallis, offers a unique venue on all three floors. Holiday items are strongly encouraged but not required. Booth fee is $60.00. The application deadline is September 14. To request an application form or for more information, contact Suzanne at 363-6004 ext. 2# or email your request to email@example.com and include your mailing address.
Stevensville Playhouse auditions
If you are interested in auditioning for the upcoming performance of “Wait Until Dark” at the Stevensville Playhouse, contact Carrie at 546-2622. Show dates are Sept. 28-29, October 5-6, 12-13 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 30, Oct. 7 and 14 at 2 p.m. The cast of seven consists of four men, one woman, and one child. “Wait Until Dark’ is about a blind woman who receives a doll as a gift from her husband. Three men then terrorize the woman in hopes of tricking her into giving away the whereabouts of the doll. This is a thrilling piece of American theater.
Stevensville drivers ed course
Signups are underway for the next drivers education course in Stevensville. The class will start September 19. Any student who is at least 14-1/2 years of age (by October 11, 2012) or older from Stevensville High School or a home school
is eligible. Sign up at the Stevensville High School office, 777-5481, or call John Munk, 777-5539. Cost is $250. The first informational meeting for students of Stevensville High School will be September 17 at 12:24 p.m. in high school room #103. Out of district and/or home school students may register by phone. Information will then be mailed as soon as possible.
Wednesday, August 29
NVPL End of Summer Storytime
All youth and families are invited to the North Valley Public Library on Wednesday, August 29 at 10:30 a.m. for a special summer storytime. Celebrate the end of the summer reading program and events by sitting around the “campfire” to read stories, participate in a play about the fabled Stone Soup and create a paper lantern to take home. You can make your own s’mores too! North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.
Hamilton High School registration
The purpose of registration is for students to finalize their class schedules that they developed last spring, to pay their fees (checks or cash only) for the year, and to get their photo taken for the yearbook/student ID card. It is very important that all students attend during their designated times as specified below. Use the west entrance of the high school during registration.
Wednesday, Aug. 29, 11:30 a.m.: Senior Registration (commons)
Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2:30 p.m.: Junior Registration (commons)
Thursday, Aug. 30, 9:00 a.m.: Sophomore Registration (commons)
Thursday, Aug. 30, 5:30 p.m.: Freshmen Registration (PAC/commons)
Friday, Aug. 31: HHS closed for Ravalli County Fair
Tuesday, Sept. 4, 8:15 a.m.: First day of classes for all students grades 9-12
For more information call 375-6060.
Horse driving competition
A driving competition with horses, mules, donkeys and minis will be held Wednesday, August 29 at 1 p.m. at the Ravalli County Fair in the main arena.
It starts with Junior Cart, Novice Cart, and Open Cart. Other driving classes will be Team Obstacle, The Maze, and Single and Team Log Pull. Entries have come in from all over Ravalli County and Missoula County with a wide variety of entries. At 5:15 there will be a parade of carts, wagons, and implements along with a variety of hitches including singles, teams, unicorn, 4-up, and 4-abreast. There will be horses and mules on exhibition on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday afternoons north of the grandstand. So come enjoy the horses and visit with their owners. For information call Mary Lou Connor at 961-3602.
FFA Alumni Baked Goods Auction
All are welcome to this tasty event on Wednesday, August 29 at 6 p.m. at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds. Come bid on some homemade goodies and support your local FFA chapter. All proceeds go towards leadership development for the students in the Stevensville FFA. For more information or to donate a baked item call Theresa at 207-1130.
Thursday, August 30
A free lecture, “Hindsights from a High Site,” with Russ Lawrence and Jean Matthews, will be offered on Thursday, August 30 at 6 p.m. at the Ravalli County Museum, 205 Bedford, Hamilton. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Russ Lawrence and Jean Matthews will share some of their experiences and photographs from their time in Peru. From 2009 to 2011, longtime Bitterrooters Lawrence and Matthews worked as business development volunteers in the small town of Chivay, 12,000 feet high in the Andes. They will share their thoughts on the history and culture of the indigenous people and the effects of the contemporary world on them. Chivay sits on the brink of the Colca Canyon, the deepest canyon in the world. For more information call 363-3338 or visit www.brvhsmuseum.org.
Refuge deer-archery hunt meeting
There will be a pre-season deer-archery hunt meeting at Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters in the Okefenokee Room on Thursday, August 30 starting at 6 p.m. Current management and impacts on hunting will be discussed along with public suggestions dealing with hunt quality. If you have questions or need more information, call 777-5552, ext. 203.
Saturday, September 1
NVPL Movie Matinee
Tired of driving to Hamilton or Missoula to see a movie? Come to the library on Saturday, September 1 at 12 noon for a free and fun flick. Matinees are at the library every first, second and third Saturday of the month. Call or stop in to the library for the movie title. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.
Forest Moon Walk series
On Saturday, September 1, a Garden Moon Walk will be held at MPG Ranch in Florence. Come learn about an educational garden that has recently been planted at MPG Ranch in Florence. Different habits found on the ranch are represented in the garden and include riparian, grassland/sage, steppe, shrub land and woodland. You will also learn about some wildlife research that is being conducted on this private conservation ranch.
Once a month, as the full moon glows, it seems safe to venture out into the dark while the moon makes magnificent shadows across the landscape. You can still smell the wildflowers, feel the wind blowing through the trees, hear the water running through the creek bed, and sense the bustling nocturnal life.
For the 12th year, the Bitterroot National Forest and Bitter Root RC&D presents a series of interpretive Moon Walks from June to October. These free, educational walks are based on the book “Walk When the Moon is Full,” by Francis Hammerstrom about her children and the nature walks they took every month under the full moon. The presentations begin at 7 p.m. on the Saturday closest to the official full moon and last approximately 1-2 hours. Dress in layers because the weather in the Forest is often different than it is in town. Guests are also encouraged to bring a lawn chair, flashlight and a jacket.
Tuesday, September 4
NVPL Ready 2 Read, Music Makers Storytime
Come to the library on Tuesday, September 4 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for an enriching music and movement storytime. Melissa Sparks leads the group through singing, movement, fingerplays and stories. This early literacy development program is created for ages birth-five with an accompanying adult. September’s theme is “Awesome Animals”. There will be time to stay and play after the program as well as to share in a healthy snack. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call the library at 777-5061.
Sons of Norway
Bitterrootdalen Lodge, Sons of Norway, will meet on Tuesday, September 4 at 5 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Hamilton. President Knut Hoelstad will give a report on the recent international meeting at Fargo and there will be a sample of the Viking video lecture series. The Lodge will provide a main dish, service and drinks. Members and guests are invited to bring a side dish. The public is always welcome.
Fly Fishers of the Bitterroot
Fly Fishers of the Bitterroot will meet Tuesday, September 4 at BJ’s Restaurant in Hamilton. The social hour starts at 6 p.m. Drinks and dinner are optional. At 7 p.m. Chris Clancy, from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, will give a presentation on their recent fish population studies. He also has information on westslope cutthroat and rainbow trout hybrids in the Bitterroot. FFB is a social club with a large membership of men and women who love to fish. Anyone interested in the club is invited to come check it out. For info call Dorreen at 363-0744.
Wednesday, September 5
First Baptist Awana
Awana Bible Club will begin Wednesday, September 5 from 6:15 to 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 354 Cooper Lane, Hamilton. This is for ages 3 years through high school. Call 363-3735 for more information.
4-H mentoring program
The MSU Extension 4-H Mentoring Partnership works with eligible afterschool programs and other organizational sites to provide mentors for youth 10 to 14 years of age. Each successfully screened mentor works once a week for one hour with 1-4 youths. Possible mentoring activities could include helping with homework, participating in afterschool program activities and/or assisting with the over 100 different 4-H projects. If you have an interest, hobby or skill there is likely a 4-H project, which you can share with the youth of our community. Research has demonstrated youth benefit from having three or more
non-parent adults in their lives to be positive role models and be a caring person to talk to. Informational meetings are scheduled to assist potential mentors decide if they would enjoy this mentoring partnership. These orientation meetings are scheduled on Wednesday, September 5 from 12 noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, September 19 from 10:30 a.m. to noon and September 25 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the MSU Ravalli County Extension conference room, 215 S. 4th Street in Hamilton. For more information contact Terry Moran, 4-H Mentoring Site Manager, 375-6610 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.